Top rated rentals — Akureyri
Destination guide

Icelandic gems in Akureyri

Considered the capital of northern Iceland, Akureyri draws travelers to its fjord-front location for boat tours, nature excursions and an array of small-town attractions. Long summer days here are spent outdoors, hiking and horseback riding through incredible green landscapes dotted with waterfalls, while the winter months mean hitting the slopes at the nearby ski resort and staying up late to watch the Northern Lights dance in green across dark night skies. Once you've selected your ideal Akureyri vacation rental, perhaps with a sea view, it's off for museum-hopping around town and road trips into the Icelandic wilderness.

Things to do

Soak up the culture of Akureyri

While you'll want to spend most of your time in Iceland discovering the incredible landscapes in the countryside, the town of Akureyri also holds a wealth of attractions to explore, including a landmark hilltop church with a striking design and stained-glass windows. Museums here cover everything from cultural and industrial heritage to Icelandic art and the transit history of the island. Take a walk around the botanical garden in town to see 1000s of species of arctic and alpine flora. The nearly-10-acre public park is one of the northernmost of its kind and is open during the summer season.


Taking in the sights around Akureyri

The 2nd-largest urban hub in Iceland, Akureyri is the perfect launching point for sightseeing in the northern region. Multiple daytrips and extended excursions depart from here and take in some of the breathtaking natural attractions nearby, like the thundering Dettifoss and widespread Godafoss waterfalls. These cataracts are part of an area known as the Diamond Circle, where you can also see a large lake formed from lava eruptions and walk along lava fields. Why not visit and witness bubbling geothermal mud pools, explore ice-filled caverns and snap photos of mountains, volcanoes and craters? Bus tours are available to get around to the sites, or you can rent a car in Akureyri.


Summer sun and winter lights in Akureyri

Summer is a popular time to visit Akureyri as the temperatures sometimes breach 60 degrees and the long days mean extra sunlight hours to spend outside hiking and waterfall-hopping. The summer solstice in June causes the phenomenon of a midnight sun in the surrounding months. Some attractions and tours are only open between June and September and accommodation fills up quickly, so be sure to book your Akureyri vacation rental early. For a chance to spot the dancing greens of the Aurora Borealis, opt for a winter stay, when the skies around Akureyri are extra dark due to long nights and a lack of light pollution from the small town.

Natural features

Getting back to nature in Akureyri

From glaciers and waterfalls to volcanoes and black-sand beaches, a vast array of stunning landscapes fill Iceland and Akureyri is a great spot to explore the nature of the northern region. The town sits on the Eyjafjorour Fjord, where you can hop on boat excursions in summer in search of humpback whales, and cruises in winter to look for the northern lights. The island of Hrisey is an excellent spot for birdwatching and ferries are available to get you there. After long days spent outdoors, you'll be ready to return to your cozy Akureyri vacation rental to rest up for the next day's adventures.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Akureyri

The nearest airport is in Akureyri (AEY), located 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from the city center.

What are the top vacation rentals in or near Akureyri?

The heart wants what the heart wants, and right now it wants to take a vacation. It's time to pack your bags and retreat to one of these top vacation rentals in or near Akureyri:

  • Make the most of amenities including coffee and tea making facilities and an iron and ironing board at "Modern And Cozy Apartments In Akureyri City Center". Situated around 0.1 miles from Akureyri, this vacation rental has 2 bedrooms and is a hit with guests.
  • "Modern And Cozy Apartments In Akureyri City Center" is another top-notch choice, offering 2 bedrooms, coffee and tea making facilities, a toaster and more. It's around 0.1 miles from Akureyri.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Akureyri vacation rental for you.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Akureyri?

If you're ready to get away from it all for a few days, there's no shortage of amazing weekend getaways in and near Akureyri. Sneak in a well-deserved break at one of these popular options:

  • If exploring the outdoors is a top priority for you, book a night or two at "Modern And Cozy Apartments In Akureyri City Center". Around 0.1 miles north of Akureyri, it's close to Kjarnaskógur and Hlidarfjall Akureyri. Amenities at this getaway include heating and a fridge.
  • "Lava Apartments And Rooms In Akureyri City" is also ideal for a whirlwind getaway. Located around 0.1 miles to the north of Akureyri, this vacation rental comes with amenities like heating and WiFi. Byggðasafnið Hvoll and Arctic Botanical Gardens should be on your to-do list if you stay here.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in and around Akureyri?

Take in the vibe and culture of Akureyri from the privacy and comfort of your own studio apartment. Whether you want to relax on your own or have some fun with pals, we'll help you find the ideal studio apartment for rent in or near Akureyri:

  • Wake up, explore and then do it all over again at "Lava Apartments And Rooms In Akureyri City". This property is a fantastic base for seeing the sights and comes with amenities including a hair dryer and heating.
  • "One Bedroom House With Private Hot Tub And Beautiful View" is another awesome option. Get comfortable and take advantage of an ocean view, a nearby beach and more.

With the moolah you save on your studio apartment, you'll be able to see even more of Akureyri. Cultural sights like Hof - Cultural Center and Conference Hall and Centre for Visual Arts will help you understand the character of this destination.

Can I find short term rentals in or near Akureyri?

Short-term rentals abound in and around Akureyri. Chill out for the weekend in a penthouse, a resort-style apartment or a spacious home. Whatever type of vacation rental you prefer, you'll have lots to choose from with Vrbo. These are a few of our favorites:

  • Close to the center of Akureyri, "Spacious And Romantic Apartment" is an ideal base for a whirlwind break. While you're around, don't miss top attractions like Lake Myvatn and Myvatn Nature Baths.
  • "One Bedroom House With Private Hot Tub And Beautiful View" is another tempting option. We suggest adding Dimmuborgir and Hverfjall Crater to your to-do list when you're ready to sightsee.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Akureyri?

Check out these large group vacation rentals in or near Akureyri and forget about leaving anyone off your guest list:

  • There's loads of space to enjoy yourselves at "Spacious Canadian Amazing Panorama Over Akureyri". Around 1 mile east of Akureyri, this generously sized retreat has 5 bedrooms sleeping up to 15 guests. Quality amenities include a kitchen and a nearby river.
  • Invite up to 12 of your dearest friends to "Holiday House Akureyri For 1 - 12 Persons With 5 Bedrooms" and fill its spaces with love and laughter. This popular option has 5 bedrooms and is around 0.1 miles to the northwest of Akureyri. It's crammed with features to keep a large group comfortable, such as a garden and off-street parking options.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Akureyri?

It's always more fun when you share precious moments with the folks you love the most. Whether you're planning a family escape or getting away with your best friends, Vrbo has a large vacation rental that's right for you. These are two of our best in and around Akureyri:

  • Located about 1 mile to the east of Akureyri, "Spacious Canadian Amazing Panorama Over Akureyri" has 5 bedrooms and sleeps up to 15 guests. It comes with a host of amenities, including free toiletries and nearby whale-watching activities.
  • "Modern And Cozy Apartments In Akureyri City Center" is also popular with families. It's about 0.1 miles to the north of Akureyri, has 3 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 8 guests. Handy amenities here include a dishwasher and a TV.

If you're hoping to visit some family-friendly attractions in the area, you have plenty of choice. Godafoss, Namafjall and Aldeyjarfoss Waterfall promise lots of fun for both adults and kids.

Can I find family cabin rentals in or near Akureyri?

Cozy up with the kids in a family cabin rental in or near Akureyri and get set to make some incredible memories together. Here are some of our favorites:

  • "Peaceful Cosy Cabin With Amazing View" - Enjoy fun and laughs with your nearest and dearest at this escape, which is around 1 mile east of central Akureyri. A separate dining area and a toaster are among its family-friendly amenities.
  • "Cabin - Northern Lights Iglúhús" - Another terrific option, this cabin comes with coffee and tea making facilities, a garden and more. You'll find it around 19 miles to the north of Akureyri.

For more options, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the Akureyri vacation rental that's perfect for your needs.

Are there one-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Akureyri?

Often located in sought-after positions due to their compact size, a one-bedroom rental is a wise pick if it's just the two of you. Here's a taste of our range in or near Akureyri:

  • Check out "Lava Apartments And Rooms In Akureyri City", a fantastic centrally located one-bedroom vacation property. Off-street parking options and housekeeping services are among its useful amenities.
  • "One Bedroom House With Private Hot Tub And Beautiful View" is another charming one-bedroom escape also close to the center. When you're not out discovering the area, make use of a lake view, a kitchen and more.

Can I find two-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Akureyri?

It's easy to plan a wonderful getaway with Vrbo. Whether you want a comfy cottage or a trendy apartment, we've got lots of two-bedroom options in or near Akureyri: Here are just a few of our top picks:

  • "Modern And Cozy Apartments In Akureyri City Center" is a perfect choice for small groups and families. In addition to two bedrooms, this delightful stay offers handy amenities like a kitchen and an oven.
  • "Modern And Cozy Apartments In Akureyri City Center" is another lovely two-bedroom retreat. It offers a kitchen, an oven and more.

What are the best three-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Akureyri?

If you need some extra room for the youngsters (or a last-minute travel buddy), a three-bedroom vacation rental will be just the thing. Vrbo can help you find all the best options in or near Akureyri, starting with these two:

  • Reserve a few nights at "Spacious And Romantic Apartment". With amenities including a kitchen and a garden, this spacious property will have you feeling right at home.
  • Alternatively, check out the roomy and relaxing vacation rental that is "Beautiful Apartment In Heart Of Akureyri". Settle in with your favorite people and take advantage of its many conveniences, such as a garden and a kitchen.